Thursday, October 29, 2009

Canadian Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

A young infantry officer, Lt. Justin Garrett Boyes, became the 132nd Canadian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. According to CBC News, he was killed yesterday, October 28th, by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on a foot patrol 20km from Kandahar in the Panjwayi district. Lt. Boyes was serving as a mentor with the Afghan National Police at the time. Two Canadian soldiers were also wounded.

Lt. Boyce belonged to the 3rd Battalion of the Prince Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regiment, out of Edmonton, Alberta. He was 26 and was ten days into his second tour of Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife and son, and a brother serving with 2 PPCLI.

The MND's statement may be read here.

In related news, CBC News also released figures suggesting that Canadian soldiers have a proportionately higher chance of being killed in Afghanistan than do other ISAF troops.

Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.


Realtor from Toronto said...

It's time to get out of there. I understand that it's important to try and put the country in peace but it's been too long. All I see is our soldiers paying for what is not our mess. It's sad, very sad...

Take care, Julie

mad padre said...

Hi Julie:

Many thanks for your comment and for visiting this blog. Hope to see you here again. MP+

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jgoreham said...

So sad. I thought of Lt. Boyes and all our other soldiers that have been killed in this conflict when I pinned my poppy on.

jgoreham said...

Whoops! Lt. Boyce. My apologies for my typo.

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